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Ivan Star Comes Out: LaCreek Electric Company lacks compassion for people
Ivan Star Comes Out: LaCreek Electric Company lacks compassion for people (March 17, 2020)

I know my complaining is not going to improve my situation. I’m not even going to rely on our 'tribal' government to help in this matter.


Ivan Star Comes Out: A glimpse of life on the Pine Ridge Reservation
Ivan Star Comes Out: A glimpse of life on the Pine Ridge Reservation (March 3, 2020)

What do our non-Lakota neighbors know about life here on the Pine Ridge?


Ivan Star Comes Out: Forced assimilation has successfully weakened Lakota people
Ivan Star Comes Out: Forced assimilation has successfully weakened Lakota people (February 24, 2020)

Ten years attending an on-reservation parochial residential school shaped the rest of my life.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Why are the travel expenses of OST so outlandish?
Ivan Star Comes Out: Why are the travel expenses of OST so outlandish? (February 17, 2020)

Throughout the 85-year history of an expertly disguised extension of federal authority, we 'savages' were never ever truly 'free.'


Ivan Star Comes Out: Academic achievement remains on the 'back burner'
Ivan Star Comes Out: Academic achievement remains on the 'back burner' (February 5, 2020)

Let’s stop fighting each other simply because it has not benefited anyone, especially our Native students.


Respect and understanding of Lakota culture are severely lacking
Respect and understanding of Lakota culture are severely lacking (January 16, 2020)

Indigenous people have been subjected to a disparaging existence on the Great Plains and in the He Sapa (Black Hills) for decades.


Winston Churchill’s feelings toward people of India revealed
Winston Churchill’s feelings toward people of India revealed (December 3, 2019)

As a member of the country’s minority group, I can swear on the fact that racial intolerance is everywhere.


A handful of individual voters do not represent the majority
A handful of individual voters do not represent the majority (October 30, 2019)

It should be common knowledge by now that the condition of our tribal government is in need of a serious upgrade.


We are good people and we are still here
We are good people and we are still here (October 23, 2019)

Our ancestors once breathed and lived natural laws throughout their entire lives.


Are we a vanquished 'tribe' or an independent 'Nation?'
Are we a vanquished 'tribe' or an independent 'Nation?' (October 10, 2019)

As Lakota people, we must realize the fact that our ancient world view is as valid as any other.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The situation isn't looking good for our Lakota language
Ivan Star Comes Out: The situation isn't looking good for our Lakota language (October 4, 2019)

Everyone knows that our language, culture, and history, have been targeted for eradication by the federal government.


Lakota Wakinyapi (Prophecies) must be heeded
Lakota Wakinyapi (Prophecies) must be heeded (September 27, 2019)

Our elders have been telling us to find our original teachings and to live by them.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Where does Donald Trump want Indians to 'go back' to?
Ivan Star Comes Out: Where does Donald Trump want Indians to 'go back' to? (July 19, 2019)

I endured a war on their behalf and acquired diseases as a result, yet I am still a 'damn Indian.'


Ivan Star Comes Out: Our people are being micromanaged to death
Ivan Star Comes Out: Our people are being micromanaged to death (July 11, 2019)

The descendants of Lakota people no longer have control over their lives.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Togiyapi ki le ihangunyanpi ktelo
Ivan Star Comes Out: Togiyapi ki le ihangunyanpi ktelo (May 16, 2019)

We have to keep in mind the fact that our Lakota language was targeted for obliteration.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The education system was designed to kill the Indian
Ivan Star Comes Out: The education system was designed to kill the Indian (May 1, 2019)

I dropped out of school while so many went on to become 'educated,' or is it appropriate to say assimilated.


Ivan Star Comes Out: So-called 'tribal' constitution keeps our people down
Ivan Star Comes Out: So-called 'tribal' constitution keeps our people down (April 4, 2019)

The U.S. forced its plenary power on our people and basically negated the old traditional system and any opportunity to prosper.


Ivan Star Comes Out:  Learning one's family history is nourishment
Ivan Star Comes Out: Learning one's family history is nourishment (March 8, 2019)

People have to realize that colonization erased our histories, language, and culture.


Ivan Star Comes Out: We need to be open and honest about racism
Ivan Star Comes Out: We need to be open and honest about racism (February 28, 2019)

The racism will never go away, but talking about it helps me to cope with it and stay healthy.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The real truths about White racial supremacy
Ivan Star Comes Out: The real truths about White racial supremacy (February 22, 2019)

Racists wearing 'MAGA' hats and waving Nazi and confederate battle flags are capable of killing just because it is the law.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Colonialism robbed Indian people of our land and culture
Ivan Star Comes Out: Colonialism robbed Indian people of our land and culture (February 6, 2019)

Why do we, as members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, continue to endure needless suffering on and around the Pine Ridge Reservation?


Ivan Star Comes Out: The Vietnam war helped kill my holiday spirit
Ivan Star Comes Out: The Vietnam war helped kill my holiday spirit (January 18, 2019)

Looking back at my life, it is as if my life was predestined by the unknown.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Fry bread is just another legacy of colonization
Ivan Star Comes Out: Fry bread is just another legacy of colonization (January 15, 2019)

The only way to fight colonialism is to regain what has been obliterated, like our language, customs history, belief system or world view.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Racism is a far too common experience for Native people
Ivan Star Comes Out: Racism is a far too common experience for Native people (January 7, 2019)

My life has been one big racial experience but this does not mean I encountered it every day and minute of my life.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Native people are still treated as invisible
Ivan Star Comes Out: Native people are still treated as invisible (December 19, 2018)

Racism toward Natives thrives on unconfirmed information about our people.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Assimilation has taken our Native identity away
Ivan Star Comes Out: Assimilation has taken our Native identity away (December 5, 2018)

It is imperative that we revive our indigenous world view and spiritual beliefs.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Our problems can be traced to our tribal constitution
Ivan Star Comes Out: Our problems can be traced to our tribal constitution (November 13, 2018)

I believe life on the homeland will not evolve until we rid ourselves of this so-called 'constitution' that was shoved down our throats.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The colonizers have turned Native words against us
Ivan Star Comes Out: The colonizers have turned Native words against us (November 1, 2018)

I believe it is imperative that we free ourselves of this long-standing, unmerited tyranny.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Tribal government takes the lead in cronyism
Ivan Star Comes Out: Tribal government takes the lead in cronyism (August 20, 2018)

Cronyism, nepotism and favoritism. Your Oglala Sioux tribal government at work.


Ivan Star Comes Out: We need to give our children a real 'Indian' education
Ivan Star Comes Out: We need to give our children a real 'Indian' education (July 24, 2018)

Native graduates ought to know that the word 'education' masks the horrid reality of the boarding school era which their ancestors endured.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Native people go without justice on their own lands
Ivan Star Comes Out: Native people go without justice on their own lands (July 19, 2018)

Officials in South Dakota are comfortable with ignoring Indian-White relations so they can look to their future without guilt.


Ivan Star Comes Out: We need to teach culture along with our language
Ivan Star Comes Out: We need to teach culture along with our language (June 1, 2018)

We need a system of teaching Lakota that emulates the way our parents and grandparents learned.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Our children aren't growing up with our culture
Ivan Star Comes Out: Our children aren't growing up with our culture (May 24, 2018)

From what I have witnessed during my 60-plus years of life, most of our college graduates are culturally handicapped and they do not speak Lakota.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Keeping Indian Country oppressed seems be the norm today
Ivan Star Comes Out: Keeping Indian Country oppressed seems be the norm today (May 17, 2018)

We are blindly forging ahead when we should be learning our history from the inside out.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Just where did the insult 'Uncle Tomahawk' come from?
Ivan Star Comes Out: Just where did the insult 'Uncle Tomahawk' come from? (May 10, 2018)

In the midst of poverty, alcohol/drug trafficking and government corruption at Pine Ridge, I heard the moniker 'Uncle Tomahawk.'


Ivan Star Comes Out: A domineering and condescending constitution governs our people
Ivan Star Comes Out: A domineering and condescending constitution governs our people (May 4, 2018)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe’s constitution grants its tribal council absolute power and authority to govern.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Transforming our tribal constitution into a genuine indigenous document
Ivan Star Comes Out: Transforming our tribal constitution into a genuine indigenous document (April 27, 2018)

It is imperative that the provisions of a constitution not only come from the people but that such provisions are what the people want.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Blood quantum has been used to divide our people
Ivan Star Comes Out: Blood quantum has been used to divide our people (April 4, 2018)

We are at the complete mercy of the federal and tribal governments as they control every aspect of our lives on the reservation.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Lakota values obliterated in school system
Ivan Star Comes Out: Lakota values obliterated in school system (March 28, 2018)

Our youth deserve a life far better than the one we have endured.


Ivan Star Comes Out: I was raised to believe that God was White
Ivan Star Comes Out: I was raised to believe that God was White (March 13, 2018)

If a decade is 120 months, I spent 80 months or so in a school environment intended to 'Kill the Indian' in me.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Education must emphasize our cultural identity
Ivan Star Comes Out: Education must emphasize our cultural identity (February 1, 2018)

Colonialism explains the endless adversity under which we have struggled, even as we enter the 21st century.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Sometimes it's good to air out our dirty laundry
Ivan Star Comes Out: Sometimes it's good to air out our dirty laundry (January 25, 2018)

We must come together as only a group of decent humans can and build a path that leads to freedom and contentment for our grandchildren.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Making the tribal constitution work for our people
Ivan Star Comes Out: Making the tribal constitution work for our people (January 19, 2018)

Educating our youth can only provide them with their much needed sense of identity and thus the wherewithal to return to the old Oceti Sakowin system of government.


Ivan Star Comes Out: We are still here with our language and culture intact
Ivan Star Comes Out: We are still here with our language and culture intact (January 10, 2018)

From my perspective modern American society knows little to nothing of the indigenous world.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Oglala Sioux Tribe remains divided on future of our nation
Ivan Star Comes Out: Oglala Sioux Tribe remains divided on future of our nation (December 1, 2017)

We have been divided for nearly a hundred years all in the federal government’s favor.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The Lakota language is becoming obliterated by colonialism
Ivan Star Comes Out: The Lakota language is becoming obliterated by colonialism (November 27, 2017)

Our ceremonies, customs, language, history, and land have been legislatively targeted for obliteration by the United States government.


Ivan Star Comes Out: We should be asking ourselves 'What's next?' at Whiteclay
Ivan Star Comes Out: We should be asking ourselves 'What's next?' at Whiteclay (November 16, 2017)

The Whiteclay name has always been associated with alcohol and is a reminder of the government’s systematic appropriation of original treaty lands.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Breaking out of dependency and poverty in Indian Country
Ivan Star Comes Out: Breaking out of dependency and poverty in Indian Country (November 8, 2017)

Can one even imagine Congress withdrawing its power over Native America? We know that is not going to happen.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Our people should be celebrating Native American Day
Ivan Star Comes Out: Our people should be celebrating Native American Day (November 1, 2017)

For the surviving Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) descendants, the significance of Native American Day in South Dakota should equal or surpass the annual Oglala Nation Powwow.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Only dictators demand for their citizens to 'respect the flag'
Ivan Star Comes Out: Only dictators demand for their citizens to 'respect the flag' (October 20, 2017)

I believe respect is earned and when I am forced to respect something, I will resist.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Our teachers shouldn't be doing the jobs of the parents
Ivan Star Comes Out: Our teachers shouldn't be doing the jobs of the parents (October 11, 2017)

It is of utmost importance to stop burdening our educators with our parental duties and responsibilities.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Indians denied right to vote despite sacrifices for America
Ivan Star Comes Out: Indians denied right to vote despite sacrifices for America (October 4, 2017)

Despite granting Native people the right to vote, the White supremacy mentality remains steadfast among most federal and state decision makers.


Ivan Star Comes Out: We must stop the federal 'Kill the Indian' education system
Ivan Star Comes Out: We must stop the federal 'Kill the Indian' education system (September 27, 2017)

Tatanka Iyutaka (Sitting Bull) once said that if one searches carefully for something that is lost, one will find it.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Yet another incident of racism at a restaurant in Rapid City
Ivan Star Comes Out: Yet another incident of racism at a restaurant in Rapid City (September 14, 2017)

Based on our past encounters with racist activity and knowing we will face the potency of the Rapid City government, we now quietly take our money elsewhere.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Oceti Sakowin lacking in knowledge of our own treaties
Ivan Star Comes Out: Oceti Sakowin lacking in knowledge of our own treaties (September 5, 2017)

A sad and undeserved reality for the descendants of the original Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) is that basic knowledge of our treaties with the United States is unknown.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Indian people can spend our money elsewhere in the face of racism
Ivan Star Comes Out: Indian people can spend our money elsewhere in the face of racism (August 24, 2017)

When local and national media outlets are incessantly spewing news items promoting the 'master race' fallacy, how does one deal with the resulting ethnic intolerance and hatred?


Ivan Star Comes Out: Let's scrutinize the Indian Reorganization Act
Ivan Star Comes Out: Let's scrutinize the Indian Reorganization Act (May 4, 2017)

Mark Twain, the humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer, once wrote: 'Politicians and diapers must be changed often – and for the same reason.'


Ivan Star Comes Out: Why are we still dealing with racism today?
Ivan Star Comes Out: Why are we still dealing with racism today? (April 27, 2017)

An education process for Native people to help them to understand racism in America is in order.


Ivan Star Comes Out: True tribal histories are concealed in America
Ivan Star Comes Out: True tribal histories are concealed in America (April 20, 2017)

Oglala District Representative, Stephanie Leasure, offered me an opportunity to provide prayer for the first day the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council’s April session.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Indian Country still waiting on that New Deal
Ivan Star Comes Out: Indian Country still waiting on that New Deal (April 5, 2017)

The so-called 'New Indian Deal' emphasized tribal self-government, economic recovery, and revitalization of cultural identity.